Current alumni exhibitions in California, Texas and Nebraska explore the psychological aspects of words, food and confinement.
Andrew Brischler’s (MFA 2012 Fine Arts) debut solo exhibition “Storms” features paintings that involve his signature process of drawing arduously on wood using oil stick, acrylic and colored pencil. Also included are a host of smaller-sized works, entitled “Punk & Faggotry,” and five large-scale mixed media paintings. Brischler often uses text as image in his work, interjecting alternate psychological dimensions. On view at Gavlak Los Angeles, 1034 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, California, through July 11. (Brischler was also the cover artist for the latest issue of the Visual Arts Journal, which can be seen here.)
Amy Elkins’ (BFA 2007 Photography) Aperture Portfolio Prize–winning exhibitions “Black is the Day, Black is the Night” and “Parting Words,” which feature moving portraits of incarcerated men, have made their way to Texas. “Black is the Day, Black is the Night” explores how those serving life and death-row sentences experience time, memory, distance and their own identities while confined in solitary cells. Elkins corresponds personally with inmates and uses selections from letters in “Parting Words,” a series of portraits that involve both text and image. On view at the Houston Center for Photography, Houston, Texas, 1441 West Alabama, through July 5.
Kira Nam Greene‘s (MFA 2004 Fine Arts) “Nebraska Suite” humorously juxtaposes the abundant organic produce in the Omaha Farmers Market with recognizable processed foods from ConAgra Foods, whose headquarters is also in Omaha. Products such as Reddi-Wip and Blue Bonnet margarine are reimagined using puns and jest. The exhibition is the culmination of Greene’s 2014 residency at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. On view at Kiechel Fine Art, 1208 O Street, Lincoln, Nebraska, through July 18.
Images from top down: Andrew Brischler, Going Clear, 2015, colored pencil and graphite on panel, 50 x 44 inches, 127 x 111.8 cm; Amy Elkins (Los Angeles, CA) Charles Milton, Execution #8, Age 34, from the series “Parting Words,” 8.5×9.85 inches, laser print, courtesy of artist and Yancey Gallery (New York, NY); and Kira Nam Greene, Nebraska Suite No. 5: Reddi to Wip, 2015, watercolor, pigment pen and gouache on paper, 44.00 x 30.00 inches.